Mike Scott's No-No Wins Flag
Mike Scott achieved a major league first on September 25, 1986, clinching the National League West for the Astros by hurling a no-hitter against the Giants. Wrapping up the season with 18 wins, Scott topped the loop in innings pitched (275), strikeouts (306), strikeouts per game (10.01), and ERA (2.23), and tied for first in shutouts (five) and fewest hits per game (5.96). The second National League righty (11th hurler overall) to notch 300 Ks, he captured the 1986 Cy Young Award. Almost unhittable in postseason action against the Mets, Scott posted a 0.50 playoff ERA.
Bob Horner Hits Four HRs
On July 6, 1986, Brave Bob Horner socked four homers against the Expos to tie the major league record. The National League's 1978 Rookie of the Year was the first slugger to achieve the feat since Mike Schmidt in 1976. Upon becoming a free agent in 1987, the third baseman went to play ball in Japan. Although he was back in the States in 1988, with the Cards, injuries forced him to call it quits in midseason.
Pete Rose Lays Down Bat
"I'd walk through hell in a gasoline suit to keep playing baseball," Pete Rose once remarked. The end for Rose came in 1986. The Reds player/manager closed his 24-year career by rapping his 4,256th hit, the all-time record (Rose recorded 80 additional hits in postseason play). Rose retired as the all-time leader in games (3,562), at-bats (14,053), and singles (3,510), placed second in doubles (746), and came in fourth in runs scored (2,165). He was named to the All-Star Game at five different positions in his career (first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field).
Bobby Grich Retires After 17 Years
Bobby Grich ended his 17-year career in the major leagues in 1986 having played in the American League Championship Series five times without making it to the World Series. He came closest in 1986, when the Angels led the Red Sox three games to one in the playoffs before choking. Grich tallied one home run and three RBI in seven games. One of the league's top all-around second basemen for more than 15 years, he was a six-time All-Star.
Rags Saves 46 Games, Sets a Record
In 1986, Dave Righetti saved 46 games -- an all-time single-season record. Previously, Bruce Sutter and Dan Quisenberry held the record with 45 saves. Righetti converted on 29 of his final 30 save opportunities in 1986; his last two saves came on the closing day of the season, when he stopped the Red Sox in both games of a doubleheader.
Tony Gwynn Tops in Hits, Runs
Continuing his hot hitting in 1986, Tony Gwynn tallied a .329 batting average and National League-leading totals for hits (211) and runs scored (107). Showing improvement in his fielding, he copped his first Gold Glove. More than doubling his stolen base total of the previous year, Gwynn swiped five in a game against the Astros. A gifted athlete, Gwynn starred in basketball at San Diego State.
Tim Raines Wins 1986 National League Bat Title
Tim "Rock" Raines bested the National League with a .334 batting average and a .415 on-base percentage in 1986. The left fielder stole 70 bases that year (his sixth season with 70 or more swipes). Raines is currently the all-time leader in stolen base average (an 85.7-percent mark after the 1990 season).
Dwight Evans: 26 HRs, 97 RBI
An eight-time Gold Glove-winner, Dwight Evans helped the Red Sox to the American League East Division flag in 1986 by batting .259 with 26 homers and 97 RBI. In the 1986 World Series, Dewey batted .308 with nine RBI.
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